All of these were taken in Hong Kong a few weeks ago and are a mixture of the main touristy things like the Star Ferry, Avenue of Stars, The Peak, as well as some random shots from around town.
Something that caught my eye here in Manila: the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has just introduced dedicated motorcycle lanes on two of the busiest roads in Metro Manila, an idea that seems quite sensible looking at the utterly mad traffic that can be observed here every day. I wouldn’t be surprised if the local highway code simply consisted of one sentence: “Do what you want, that shall be the whole of the law”. Cars, bikes, trucks, Jeepneys, cycles and whatever else can fit on a road take part in a display of organised chaos here every day, with no gap too small and no light too red as not to go for it. Somehow, it all does kind of work and you get used to it surprisingly quickly – just forget anything and everything you ever learned about polite and curteous driving and simply go with the flow…
Anyway, about those motorbike lanes: went out for a drive the other day to have a look at them and some pics are in the attached gallery. Those are from the motorbike lane on Macapagal Avenue in Pasay (Metro Manila is made up of numerous cities, such as Makati, Pasay, etc, all of which together are commonly called Manila – although Manila itself is just another city within Metro Manila). The lanes have blue markings and are hence usually referred to as Blue Lanes. All motorbike riders must use them or risk a 500 Pesos (about £7) fine if caught on any other lane on these roads. Cars are not allowed on them at all unless turning off the road.
Some people have welcomed the introduction of dedicated bike lanes, while others are arguing that it’s just another excuse to collect more fines – in the end, anything that makes traffic even a little bit safer here can only be a good thing, though. A press release about it can be found here with a further news article, which also mentions that police are hoping the bike lanes will make tracking “riding in tandem” killers easier, to be found here. Just in case you are wondering what “riding in tandem” killers are: it’s pretty much what it sounds like – two guys on a motorbike, one riding, one shooting. It’s a big problem here, with over 1700 shootings of this type in 2011 already and the numbers seem to be rising.
You may have noticed that things were a bit quiet around here recently – that’s mainly because I was busy with other things and didn’t have much time for photos. To really make a change to the kind of stuff normally found on these pages, I’m also currently living in Manila, so expect less IOM and more mega big city. Sadly, my stay here means I’ll be missing the Manx Grand Prix but hopefully I can make up for it with other things – we’ll see…
Footage is from Monday and Tuesday as I sadly didn’t have time on the other days.
These are only a few bits taken on the days – maybe, if I get the time at some point, I’ll upload everything as one big archive – we’ll see…
Sadly didn’t have time to do all days this year but that doesn’t mean I can’t make the material stretch. There’s more pictures, as well as slomo and 3D video still to come.
This video is also back to the usual 720p HD maximum resolution for better full-screen viewing:
Some more picture material from the Southern 100. These are Anaglyph 3D images again, so you’ll need your red/cyan glasses to see the effect. Due to all scenes containing a lot of red and blue, these are greyscale only – any heavy red/blue content in images destroys the 3D effect on colour anaglyphs.
In case you can’t find your glasses or just aren’t bothered with all this 3D stuff, there’s a 2D reference gallery included as usual – no glasses required to see those.
The 2D Reference Gallery:
A look around the paddock and some of the classes out on practice – all not in the usual 720HD to faciliate faster upload but I hope it’s still good enough for a first impression of this year’s Southern 100.
The video is actually ripped from the 3D camera as that records two HD streams and can of course also simply be used as 2D box. Some more 2D and 3D stuff coming up when I find the time – hopefully soon: